Suspension just got clever
ITALIAN suspension firm Bitubo has raised the stakes in the race to ever-more-intelligent suspension by creating an adaptable shock using electro-rheological fluid as a damping medium.
What does that mean? Well, instead of altering damping by adjusting valves to restrict the flow of oil inside the shock, they're simply filled with a special fluid that gets thicker or thinner depending on an electrical charge passed through it.
While rival adaptive or electronically-adjustable suspension systems rely on either relatively slow-moving servos, or faster-acting solenoids, to adjust otherwise-conventional valves, the Bitubo ER shock needs relatively few moving parts and should react almost instantly.
Of course, the efficiency of the shocks will largely depend on the data used to set them up and to control their reactions. Bitubo say values like acceleration, braking, suspension movement, lean, speed and even GPS could be used to influence the system's set up.
The firm has even created an iPad app to adjust the system. The only problem now is that for those of us who's suspension-fiddling ability goes no further than a tentative 'couple of clicks' here and there, it probably opens a whole new field of possibilities when it comes to screwing up our own bikes' handling.
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